About Us - Press Release - CEMEX announces completion of comprehensive refinancing
August 14, 2009
CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: CX) announced today that it has completed its previously announced refinancing of the majority of the Company's outstanding debt. The refinancing plan extends the maturities of approximately US$15 billion in syndicated and bilateral obligations with approximately 75 banks and private placement noteholders, providing for a semi-annual amortization schedule, with a final maturity of February 14, 2014. Final documentation has been signed and all conditions precedent have been satisfied in full
Key components of the refinancing plan include:
- A revised maturity schedule running through February 2014, paying LIBOR plus 450bps to its bank creditors and a fixed rate of 8.91% to its private placement creditors that represent US$895 million of the total refinancing package, subject to adjustments, with semi-annual amortizations prior to that date
- A covenant package, including revised financial covenants, mandatory prepayment obligations, and other limitations
- A security package comprised of security over stock in certain subsidiaries of the company and guarantees from most of the guarantors under the existing debt facilities joining the refinancing plan
- The company intends to meet the amortization requirements prior to final maturity using funds from a variety of sources, including free cash flow from operations and net cash proceeds from non-core asset sales as well as capital market transactions
Lorenzo H. Zambrano, Chairman and CEO of CEMEX said: "We are pleased with the outcome of this refinancing, as it significantly improves our debt maturity profile while providing the Company with greater flexibility and the ability to diversify sources of financing. As a result, CEMEX is in a much stronger financial position to regain our financial flexibility and, eventually, our investment-grade capital structure."
Lazard acted as CEMEX's exclusive financial advisor in this transaction.
CEMEX will host a conference call and webcast presentation to discuss the details of the refinancing agreement on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM U.S. ET. You may access the live presentation at www.cemex.com, or you may access the audio-only conference call by dialing +1-857-350-1673 and entering the passcode 53254116.
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through its efforts to pursue innovative industry solutions and efficiency advancements, and to promote a sustainable future. For more information, visit www.cemex.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements and information that are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. No assurances can be given as to when or whether CEMEX will consummate a public offering of equity securities under the approvals granted by CEMEX shareholders or as to the terms of any such offering. Many factors could affect CEMEX’s decisions to proceed with any such offering. Many factors could also cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of CEMEX to be materially different from those expressed or implied in this release, including, among others, changes in general economic, political, governmental and business conditions globally and in the countries in which CEMEX does business, changes in interest rates, changes in inflation rates, changes in exchange rates, the level of construction generally, changes in cement demand and prices, changes in raw material and energy prices, changes in business strategy, and various other factors. CEMEX assumes no obligation to update or correct the information contained in this press release.